Texas Folklife is a statewide organization dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving the diverse living heritage of the Lone Star State. As the National Endowment for the Arts-designated folk and traditional arts organization of Texas, Texas Folklife is engaged in projects around the state, including free and low-cost events that attract multi-generational audiences, and hands-on experiences for K-12th grade students and teachers in a variety of art forms. Additionally, Texas Folklife media projects, film and radio documentaries bring national attention to extraordinary Texas talent. Touring performances focus on the talented young champions of Texas Folklife’s annual Big Squeeze statewide accordion contest, exemplifying the unique musical traditions of Texas: Cajun, zydeco, conjunto/tejano and polka. Artists included in the current roster: Keyun Dickson & the Zydeco Masters, Donovan Bourque, Nachito Morales & Los Morales Boyz, Luis Gonzales, Mason Nesvadba, and the All-Around Czechs (Brandon Hodde and Garrett Neubauer). Touring package includes a screening of Texas Folklife’s ‘The Big Squeeze’ documentary film by esteemed filmmaker Hector Galan. Musician-led workshops and related Accordion Kings and Queens photo exhibition celebrating the diversity of Texas accordion music are also available. The project can be scaled to the presenter’s budget. Photo by Texas Folklife.

Additional information



Contact name

Elisha Oliver

Contact address

724 Eberhart Ln #500 Austin TX 78745

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Public performance

$500 – $7500

School performance

$200 – $2000

Workshop fees

$1000 – $2500

Travel per diem lodging

$100 – $1500




Special audiences

Festivals, Hands-on activities, Libraries, People with disabilities, Schools, Seniors

School audiences

Elementary, High, Middle, Pre-K

Venue size

Larger, Medium, Smaller, Unplugged, Very Large

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